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David Didier, GA
David...well said....and By most peoples estimation Stella is a candidate for stardom
if u have a FC X FC breeding u are off to a great start u have a dog with both parents that are proven trial dogs
it sounds to me like u havent been around the top dogs all that much and so u dont have a great basis of comparison but many people have taken their first dog all the way so it can be done
when i started i was lucky enough to get to train with a 2 time national ch as time went by i was able to match my bitch up against the standard
i think a lot of getting your dog up to superstar standard is understanding what is and what is not fair and reasonable hence u need to be around the top dogs regularly to build an appreciation
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So her topper box reads:
Danielle R. Pellicci
SPICE, MH14 CD (GN1) RA OA NAJ
(FC AFC “Cori” X Malli QAA)
FEATHER, MH QAA
(FC AFC “Kicker” X “Spice” MH CD RA OA NAJ)
(FC “LB” X“CAPPY”)
RIP: Rhumbline’s Guinness is Good, JH... Miss you every day "Big Man"
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great to have u chime in
i often think off u when i pass my 2007 Canadian open poster that i had framed and is on my wall i remember that your dog is on that poster
my point was that when u compete against other great dogs on tests not off your choosing and are able to measure your own performance up against others u can often get a much more realistic assessment of how your dog stacks up
u have to win in the judges estimation not your own and i think people who have not been exposed to top class competition can be seduced by youtube vids from third rate trainers putting up rehearsed blinds and parading them as the real deal etc this makes it very difficult to gain a real appreciation of what top class dogwork is all about
almost without exception dogs win run better on training tests devised by their owners or trainers many people wonder why their dog doesn't perform to the same level in competition
perceptive handlers will watch the great dogs and analyse the pluses and minus of each dog eventually they will realize that the greats are that way because of the sum total of what they do rather than because of any individually brilliant trait In other words there are many dogs out there who can run blinds in training like creek robber or mark like lean mac but the great dogs are a package and thru the elimination of weaknesses strengths will naturally occur
great dogs need a great trainer and great trainers have an understanding of what is fair and reasonable an example would be decheating. Decheating can be overdone to the point where sagacity is knocked out of the dog The great dog and handler teams will understand that sometimes 8 out of 10 is the optimum score and will intrinsically understand that perfection is the enemy of very good U can only do this by measuring your standards against the best in competition conditions. I evaluate my dogs performance against the field on ever run.Most dogs will run 30% better or more in training than in competition the superstars will deteriorate far less maybe only 10% that is why they win. many new and ambitious handler trainers seek perfection and fail to realize that it is often the quality of the bottom 30% of a great dogs performance that dictates the outcome of the trial not the quality of the top end
disaster proofing is critical to success and is an integral part of the superstar package great dogs are very consistent and do fewer poor runs and make less mistakes that is why they win Mistake minimization is paramount to success
if u are not around the cream of the crop u have no basis of comparison u simply cannot evaluate what is fair and reasonable . Or if u get to train with one high end dog all u end up with is your own experiences and your training partners he may have succeeded for the right reasons or he may have succeeded despite what he did either way the pool is to small to draw any lasting conclusions
personally my dog bossco is a good example he leads the nation this year in AA wins yet he is far from my best marker and i have owned better line runners and more athletic dogs which train to a higher standard yet bossco is a genuine Australian superstar and a very very dominate champion the sum total of what he does is a highly impressive package.
Knowing what is fair and reasonable means calmly calculating risk minimization tactics on blinds and being prepared to blow whistles on marks if necessary getting to watch some of the worlds best dogs attempt the same tests i attempt helps to give a perspective that would otherwise not be possible
i would encourage any ambitious up and coming trainer to spend time watching open AA competition and in particular the marquee dogs and build an appreciation for what can and cannot be done
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